Who You Gonna Call? Thor Will Transfer You

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News broke (okay, a tweet was sent) last night about Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot: the receptionist role originated by Annie Potts will be played by Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth.

Given that Feig is clearly a big fan of SNL, I’d like to think that this sketch drove to him to give Hemsworth a call.

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No Review Necessary

A few weekends ago, I saw Mad Max: Fury Road. I sent this tweet right afterwards:

My usual post-moviegoing ritual is to sit down at my computer and start typing a review for this blog. But after seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, the prospect of writing a review felt unusually foreboding.

Perhaps it’s because I haven’t seen the previous Mad Max series, which would probably give me a deeper understanding of what’s at work in Fury Road. Perhaps it’s because I’d already seen so much other writing about the film that I wasn’t sure I had anything to add to the conversation. Or perhaps it’s simply because I enjoyed the movie immensely but felt compelled to simply recall the experience rather than document it.

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The M&M Report, Episode 61: “Spy” and “Mad Men” Finale

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The M&M Report is back! Devin Mitchell and I are continuing our pop culture podcast after a brief hiatus. Last time you heard us, we were broadcasting from The Eagle. Since then, I’ve graduated from American University, which means I’m no longer a staff member at the school’s student newspaper. Sad as that is, Devin and I are excited to bring the podcast into a new era.

This week, Devin and I talked about the excellent new Paul Feig comedy Spy (2:00-18:19) and offered some further reflections on the series finale of Mad Men (18:20-43:20), following our written reaction the day after the episode aired.

For more M&M Report action, click the category page on the left side of the blog or listen to previous episodes on The Eagle. (A more easily navigable M&M Report home page is forthcoming, so stay tuned.)

Comedy Glue: Underappreciated Actors Holding Their Shows Together

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been superb on Veep this season. The same goes for T.J. Miller on Silicon Valley, Louis C.K. on Louie, Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer on Broad City and Andre Braugher on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This isn’t news. It’s worth remarking upon the fact that all of these actors are great and explicating the reasons why. But in the rush to praise the stars of these shows, it’s possible to do a disservice to the cast members with lower billing. Looking at the lower portions of the rosters and finding the gems separates the outstanding ensemble comedies from the ones that rest on the charms of their lead performer. Below, I’ve picked one cast member from each of the five comedies mentioned above who gives that show a subtle but welcome dose of comedy in an unexpected or underappreciated way. Continue reading